Leslee Udwin clarified that she took interview of Mukesh Singh (one of the criminals convicted of Nirbhaya case) because she wanted to show Indian men’s mindset about rape and women.
Just imagine how shameful and demeaning that objective is when a journalist thinks that interviewing a criminal convicted of a serious crime like rape can show the mindset of a country? Do these criminals anywhere reflect Indian values, culture or men? The convicts who belonged to the lower strata of Indian society and who was hardly literate and criminals; were chosen by a global channel to understand Indian men’s view about rape and women. This only showed poor taste and grade of BBC’s journalism.
It is also shown that the convict’s lawyer blamed the victim for the incidence. He said that “he would have burnt his daughter if she had gone out at night at the wee hours”. When I came to know about this comment, I was confused as to whether he wanted to save his client or make sure that his client got death penalty multiple times. No sensible lawyer would ever say that in public. This view expressed by the lawyer expressed a pathetic sense of values and poor knowledge of the law. This also provoked me to think that if he had ever expressed a view like that why he wasn’t punished yet.
Being associated with India’s Men’s Rights Movement for some time, I know that even MRAs won’t say that women going out alone should be burnt to death. Anyone having this kind of mindset surely does not belong to India.
When personal safety and security come into question, I do agree that we all need to be responsible for our own safety. Some basic safety measures like avoiding going to criminal infested areas or avoiding travel to crime-prone areas or keeping some safety device with us are always recommended to everyone. Because even as a man I am not safe everywhere and I can’t blame our police for every safety breach that happens.
Today, when we see that due to this one case; filing rape cases have become so easy for women that any man can become a rape accused on someone’s vicious will. But that is one extreme of rape cases. The other extreme is the Nirbhaya case and the alleged statement of the rapist and his advocate. Surely they don’t reflect India’s views and in no way, their views are taken as India’s attitude towards rape.
In fact, India’s attitude towards rape was very clear after the Delhi rape in December 2012. We saw thousands of people joined protests all over the country and Indian govt. gave the victim all possible help. Wasn’t that good enough reflection of India’s mindset about rape? Then why did Leslee has to interview a criminal who was not at all educated to express views on anything, leave alone the fact that he could remotely represent India’s mindset towards rape and rape victims? Same goes for his advocate as well. In fact, I do feel if his advocate ever expressed any extreme view about rape victims and spoke about burning women if they had gone out alone, he needed to be punished as well because in a zest of speaking to fame (or was he paid for that statement?) he had defamed Indian society.
The question is, when a rapist cannot represent our nation then why did BBC plan to interview him to represent a country or it was again a deep-rooted conspiracy against India. I am not sure if BBC ever took similar interviews of rapists from any other country as rape is a prominent crime (more frequent than it happens in India) in many western countries and many such rapes are gang rapes too. In some of those cases, the victims would have been brutally killed too. If BBC or Leslee Udwin had not taken similar interviews with those criminals then it is clear that they had some ulterior motive behind this interview.
A rapist trying to blame the victim and trying to justify the brutal attack is not only outrageous but an open invitation for a confirmed death penalty. When we came to know that the journalist had not shown the video to the authorities before leaving the jail, that too raises concerns about her intentions. It also raises questions about the lackadaisical approach of Tihar jail authorities. How could they allow her to go out of the premises without her complying with agreed norms?
Today, many filmmakers are demanding the video be published else that will be suppression of freedom of speech. I would like to ask them if our freedom of speech can be used to demean our own country?
I was trying to check Leslee’s details on Twitter. I found that even though her Twitter account was created way back in September 2010 but she has only 25 tweets in all and started tweeting only from Feb 28, 2015.
An account that was created in 2010 has only 25 tweets, that too only tweets regarding #IndiasDaughter and her documentary forced me to think that she only has one objective today, to promote her film and in order to do that she did not mind shaming India as a whole. Notably, all her feminist friends have supported her.
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Dr. Maria Misra in the video claimed that since Indian economy is booming today and many young women are coming out to work, Indian men are trying to control their (women’s) lives (mark her comment “….how they (women) should be allowed to live their lives”).
This told me that the main intention of this film was to show that Indian men try to control the behavior of women, which is not true. Because the overwhelming protest throughout India after Dec 16 signifies India’s true attitude towards the women compared to the views of some criminals. However, International media is biased towards showing India in a bad light.
Ironically, this documentary also shows global rape statistics that show countries like The United Kingdom with a higher number of rape cases but still, Udwin chose to condemn India.
Her comment to The Guardian about her intention towards making this film made her intentions even more controversial. She said, she wanted to understand and I quote her –
So here she blames all Indian men whereas, in reality, most Indian men were out on the streets protesting against the crime.
This observation clearly puts her intentions in question. Her negative murky journalism to show India in a bad light in order to promote her film is highly condemnable and punishable. This once again shows that western media is trying to shame India using the December 16 incidence.
Earlier many western filmmakers had gotten away by making such films, but this time we can not but punish everyone associated with the film. I am glad Indian govt. has taken stern action against this film and stopped it’s broadcast in India. Hope she will be punished, too. We all Indians have every reason to seek her punishment and protest against her cheap publicity stunt.